University Police Joins Nationwide Seatbelt Enforcement Initiative This Week

Posted: May 20, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason’s Police Department joins more than 11,000 law enforcement agencies this Memorial Day week in a nationwide crackdown on unbelted teens and young adults as new data show that more than half of all teens who die in crashes are completely unrestrained. During “Click It or Ticket,” May 20 to 24, officers will conduct checkpoints near the Cue Bus stop on Patriot Circle to stop and ticket drivers who violate seatbelt laws, child passenger safety laws, and impaired driving laws.

Caught in a lethal combination of inexperience, risk taking, and low seatbelt use, teens and young adults face the greatest risk of dying in crashes. According to new data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,216 teens, ages 16 to 19, died and thousands more were injured in traffic crashes in 2000. Fatality rates for teens are twice that of older drivers, and the risk of crashes for teens is four times that of older drivers.

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